Something is coming soon. I am so excited and pumped. I have been working on some designs for Weddings, Brides and Renaissance Faires! I have listened to you and am boldly going where I am sent (or suggested) by you! I am so dag-gum excited. How about You?
What do you think it will look like, any clues yet or ideas from those of you who suggested?
I am working out some details, and planning, and yes waiting until it is just right!
You will be able to see it on my Website soon! you can see it on www.nikeebottalico.com. I have a blog on my website too, so hang out there to get sneak peeks also. I will always come to WordPress first (♥), as I have been around here the longest… but Alas, I have to announce on my Website…too so… do visit! I will announce there and on Instagram. I hope you will love it. Tell me in the comments what you think is coming~~
I will always be looking for Etsy Talent to shout-out here on WordPress so I am always gonna be here to show you the outstanding talent on Etsy! Send me an email (convo) over at Etsy or on my Website and I will get back to you about a feature! WordPress Collects emails but I do not gather those since there is not an opt in on here (giving me permission to email you).
Oh my goodness, are you ready? I am still not ready, talk about last minute! Life has certainly been so busy for me this year! I am going last minute shopping this week and Saturday! Oh, my! Again I am featuring some Etsy sellers that I have interviewed and they have answered all my questions for this blog. I have asked them all how this holiday season is going for them. They love to create, have plans for the new year, and have all come up with their Christmas plans.
When reading Denise Nendza’s about page you will understand why she named her shop TinkerMansLegacy. She writes in her About Page on Etsy that growing up in a tinkering household her parents encouraged freedom of expression and nourished the creativity. Her parent’s taught artistic skills so she could visualize ideas in her mind and all the creative process to flow, so manifesting an idea into reality.
Denise’s father was nicknamed “The Tinker Man,” and has always had some sort of a project going on around the home or out in his workspace in the garage area. Between the parents, there were always cool projects coming to fruition. They always had some sort of project in the works going on around our house and out in the garage. They updated cars and made ceramics. There are also family photo albums that showcase the family’s creative growth.
From this upbringing, Denise has always wanted to create and has her Etsy Shop that focuses on handcrafted bracelets. Her bracelets are beautiful and look to be great gift ideas. It speaks to me and having a positive attitude and we all are taught to have in Artisan Indie. I love the saying! I am sure you will find something that speaks to you in Denise’s shop!
Denise has been working on the sale of local orders and she is sure she will have some more calls for bracelets this week (for last minute shoppers like me!). Denise still has presents to make for her family members as she does not purchase gifts, she loves to handcraft for family and friends. She like many small business owners will be pulling some all-nighters. She loves it though, no complaints!
Once Christmas is over, she will begin the daunting task of counting and will check all of her inventory for the end of year ~ taxes! Another Oh my, as I need to do that too! Once Denise has counted inventory she has new designs dancing in her head… Fa~La~La~La
Second up is Leslie D. Tucker Etsy seller~
Leslie D. Tucker of Surprise Designer sells all year round. She does not close her shop unless she is actually away on vacation (some sellers shut shops up for a couple of weeks at Christmas since mailing is super hard and busy).
Leslie is one of my favorite sellers as she crochets pinks feminism “pussycat” hats. I am in love with her hats! When the marches on Washington start again in January 2018 she will be super busy crocheting hats. I am going to have to order one for myself! I love them!
She also makes fingerless gloves which I also want! Since most of Leslie’s products are somewhat cold weather items, so it is her time of year to be selling. She has orders coming in now and she will be filling orders from a holiday gift guide she is in.
Leslie’s’ Christmas shopping is for her older kiddos so gift cards are all the rage. They do not require many things… which makes life much easier!
For 2018 Leslie goal is designing everyday accessories so she is able to have a new venture and sell year round. She also has some creative new ideas for coats and other clothing items.
Also in 2018, Leslie will be starting a local chapter of BAM (Business Among Moms) in her area. She believes in giving back to the community.
Next up, well, is me! I have two Etsy shops and a Website. I have changed some of my plans by opening a Bridal Accessories Shop on Etsy and I will be adding items that also will be for Bridal on my Website. My bridal shop on Etsy is Nikeebottalico Designs My Jewelry Supply Shop is Objectsandoddities and I offer supplies of all kinds new and Vintage and small art. I also will show you how to create items in the listing! I am all for helping other sellers, it is my way of giving back. My Website is NikeEBottalico, I also have a blog at that site where I blog about weddings! I would love to see you at each of my sites.
I am really wishing you a Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, & a Happy Hannakuah. I appreciate you reading my blog. I will continue to write each week, telling you about Handmade Sellers! Please drop me a note here or private message me on Facebook if you have an Etsy Shop and would like a feature!
All three of us women, in this blog, are all successful members of “Flourish” which is now becoming ArtisanIndie. One of the super things going on with ArtisanIndie is that you can go on your phone and there is an app through MightyNetworks! So easy to get to the site from an app, you can get to all the Training and Small business coaching on the go! Who does not love that! The people who have all used the training to better their businesses from Sarah Sewells Coaching Community and her Experts are helping people to be successful in many ways! I am a member too, I learn more and more each day. I love to give Sarah a shout-out as the community is great and will assist anyone with their small business to grow. It is a delightful community and I hope you all investigate it! Sarah Sewell had her own 6 figure business on Etsy and had her own website so she knows what she is talking about~ Do check her site out!
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Wow, it is December 13, 2017! Are you ready for the Holidays? Have you bought all your Christmas presents! Are you a person who waits until the last minute to buy your gifts?
I have only purchased 1 present! Oh, I have waited until the last minute and I am pretty sure I am not alone! Have you been too busy to go shopping or you do not like crowds?
I used to buy Christmas throughout the year but I have fallen off the wagon for sure. The 1 gift I have I bought during the Summer months. Nothing else…
Have I waited too long to order online? No! Plus, I do like to support my handmade Makers on Etsy. You can find things that are ready to ship items. Also, many Handmade sellers on Etsy that I have not showcased here on the Blog do have completed items that they can gift wrap for you and you can add expedited shipping as an upgrade. It is getting close as United States Postal Service is BUSY. If you take that into consideration for gift giving then, go for it. Buy something for your loved ones that are made with lots of love and handcrafted! I cannot tell you enough that it is good to support a local seller within the USA, or if you are in Europe to support your sellers there!
I have 3 Etsy Sellers this week who are all members of ArtisanIndie which is a wonderful Business Coaching Community “…where handmade, local business is celebrated and nurtured.” Do click on the link and see what it is all about. The owner of the Company is Sarah Sewell and her Experts who are a dream to learn from!
I queried the sellers if they were last minute shoppers themselves and if they have any ready to ship items in their Etsy shops for all those last minute shoppers. Now, they do have ready to ship gifts, (YAY!) but get on it as time is ticking and the United States Postal Service is super-duper Busy! So if you click on a link, like it buy it right away, and hopefully, the post-person can get it to you on time. Some of you may know the old Postal slogan, “through rain, sleet, and snow, etc, etc…” (I forgot I had to look up their Motto): “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” While the Postal Service has no official motto, the popularbelief that it does is a tribute to America’s postal workers.” That is their Motto, however, there is so much more mail nowadays with online shopping than when this motto came into play.
My first Ety Seller for this week is Sheila Ryan of Babymoon. I have blogged about Sheila before (sometime last year). I am constantly amazed by her spirit and energy as she is a business owner, a wife and has 9 children! I cannot imagine how much she has on her plate and I love her creative soul! I have seen an evolution in her creativity! It is really cool to watch. I would love to get to know Sheila better and she only lives a few hours away from me… maybe someday we can have a coffee together!
Sheila is like many of us who are creatives and she does not have her own Christmas list bought and completed! However, Sheila does have some last minute gift ideas for you to check out and purchase! I have listed two here for those of you who have waited (like me!).
Sheila named her shop Babymoon since she sees a new addition as “…a babymoon [which] is that sweet time when a mother and family welcome the newest little…” baby into their home. “It is a time of gentleness, reflection, love, and peace…” Sheila sees a Babymoon “…as the qualities, she strives to incorporate in all of her products.” The time a mom has with her “…newborn is so very precious and short, but so incredibly powerful in the life and growth of the new mother.” Sheila believes that by supporting “…new moms is one of her dear passions in real life, and she has made bonds and has dear friends because of her former work with the la leche league and that will last forever.”
Sheila makes any number of accessories from monogrammed luggage tags, pen/pencil holders, Halloween/dress-up masks, fingerless gloves, fun planner items, travel cases, personalized Christmas ornaments, and allergy tags. Most if not all of Sheila’s items can be personalized! She is an amazing small business owner and she adds new collections of her work frequently. Listed above are a couple of ready to ship items! Now onto my next Etsy Seller!
Another shop is SirWinslowsZoo, owner, is Meg McGhee. I asked her if she has anything that is ready to ship and she does! Again, my caveat is to order now, and order fast! Don’t wait until the last second when you have to depend on the USPS (United States Postal Service).
Meg has really precious items. She makes stuffed animals, pillows, fish, sharks, and Gnomes (a few other items too)! Her items are adorable, whimsical and unique. I smile looking at her items as they make me happy to see them!
These shark cases, as well as the Gnome pillows, just make me smile as Meg’s products are magical to me and oh so, sweet! Who would not want a shark to keep up with your pencils, your sunglasses or any small item you need for the day! I find them to be great fun and may have to get my own!
Meg named her shop after a fictional character named Sir Winslow Smith who was a professor of zoology at Oxford University. He traveled around studying Tigers, plants and other things of interest. Sir Winslow has been a part of Meg’s life for a long time! Be sure to read her about page as her story and the way she has developed her products for you, is awe-inspiring!
You can also see Meg’s website at SirWinslowZoo and see more of her products and her own blog. She has amazing products that you and your child will love! Meg is also a member of ArtisanIndie’s Community.
Ever since I joined Flourish @ArtisanIndie I have been able to get to know Jacqueline McLaughlin of BlueLotusDesignsShop She is delightful and a person I wish I lived closer as she is funny. I could see us being friends (more than online).
She is very active in Artisan Indie and I have learned a lot from her questions of the group. I also love her products! She makes very creative items that her customers love! She also has a shop that offers a number of items for your perusing and shopping. You will love her offerings.
Jacqueline McLaughlin shop BlueLotusDesignsShop offers mobiles with lights (ingenious!) and had jewelry, crystals, crystal necklaces, and earrings. She also offers Crystal crowns that are so boho chic — meaning a cross between Bohemian and hippie influences! I personally adore her product and have purchased some stones from her to add to my own supplies. Jacqueline also makes Crowns, Jewelry and many other items. Do check out her items!
Jacqueline McLaughlin’s Click pictures to go shopping
Gorgeous Earrings from Jacqueline’s shop Click the picture.
The three women in this blog are all successful members of “Flourish” which is now becoming ArtisanIndie. The people who have all used the training to better their businesses from Sarah Sewells Community are successful in many ways! I am a member too, I learn more and more each day. I love to give Sarah a shout-out as the community is great and will assist anyone with their small business to grow.
As with each blog, I thank you for reading, clicking like, commenting and sharing for all the beautiful handmade sellers! I so appreciate you coming! I want to remind you that I am an affiliate blogger for Etsy.com and I receive a very small fee if an item sells from clicks on my blog. It is not why I support handmade sellers, I am one myself. I support them as I believe it is good to purchase from small businesses and to purchase handmade items made with loving hands.
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What are your Fall Essentials, your “go to,” so you are prepared for the Season? Do the leaves change where you live, those Brilliant colors, or is it snowing right now where you live and you need to be pulling out your warmer clothes? Do you rearrange your closet putting Summer clothes away and getting out all your warmer clothes?
I live near Austin, TX so it does not get cold here for a bit more… it is November 22, 2017, so we are just getting a few cold fronts. I cannot wait for my winter wardrobe~ How about you? I love cozy warm things to wear that a soft. I learned that my dear friend Leila West of Leila Nicole Designs also likes to wear warm sweaters, loose but warm pants, having a fireplace is “a must” for her and drinking Hot Cocoa is a wonderful distraction! Leila’s weather is a bit like mine living in the Northern part of California. I asked Leila about her weather, and am learning it is a bit like mine with the high and low temperatures. However, as you know recently in the news Leila’s area gets wildfires and that can be very worrisome. Her home was safe but many lost their homes and many forested areas were burned.
I normally showcase 3 Etsy Sellers per blog, but oh my goodness everyone is so busy! So today for this week’s blog I am showcasing my friend who is not only an Etsy seller but she also has a storefront on Amazon Handmade! Leila and I are pen pals of a sort, we talk about all things business and have made fast friends! I am amazed by her regularly, as she works full time, has two young children, a hubby, a home to take care of, and dinners to juggle! She is one busy lady because on top of that she is a jewelry designer who has two handmade storefronts!
I am going to shop for myself at Leila’s Nicole Designs! I hope you enjoy and go visit her shops! It is time for Christmas shopping! She makes beautiful handmade pieces that are delightful and have a sense of whimsy with the small flowers embedded into her designs. Leila states that she is “a very visual person, I love to look at all sorts of imagery, whether its artwork or jewelry creations. Often times I will wake from a night of dreams with jewelry designs in my thoughts.” How cool is that? I love her design methods! One of her pieces below:
She makes magical jewelry using real flowers in her work! She has a lot of patience in her work using these very small items to place in her pendants for your jewelry. Leila is excellent about getting her product out to Amazon Handmade also. She uses Fulfillment By Amazon, meaning she sends her jewelry packaged in her beautiful packaging to Amazon and it is ready for those who want to get their products fast! I admire her work ethic and her abilities! Some of Leila’s packaging:
An offering of hers on Amazon for your Christmas or Winter Holiday needs:
One of my favs! I may have to get this one off of Amazon~ You really need to check out her work!
Another piece I am super intrigued with is this Peruvian Gemstone! It is a yummy color and the silver is gorgeous with the color of the gemstone!
Did you see Leila and her jewelry on showcase on her local Fox News Channel? She was featured and wow, good for her!
She says, “Missed me on Fox 40 News? You can check out the replay here!” Click the tag!
I adore her work if you cannot tell! Well I am a busy person right now and I must say this is my happiest time of the year as I love the change in the season, I feel a warmth of Fall.
Have you wondered just what Etsy is? Etsy is a selling site that has Handmade Sellers who offer for sale, Handmade items, Vintage Items, Supplies to make Art, and Services to assist handmade sellers. I am an affiliate blogger for Etsy.com. I am always looking for new shop owners to showcase on my blog. Feel free to drop me a line or comment if you are interested in being showcased on the blog. I also have two shops on Etsy. One is nikeebottalicodesigns and objectsandoddities. I offer Bridal, Bridesmaid and Children’s Accessories in one shop and the other shop I add supplies that are vintage and new. I would love it if you would visit my shops! You can also find me on my Nikeebottalico.com Website.
Now Amazon is also offering Handmade Sellers as part of their [dot]com. You can search for Handmade sellers on their toolbar. It is amazing to purchase an item that is actually handmade by a person, and not made by machines. All handmade makers use quality products that make many of their Jewelry items (and other items) where they will become heirlooms for you and your family!
Leila and I are both members of Artisan Indie which is a marketing group to help us learn more about selling online. I always want to give Sarah Sewell a shout out because I have learned so much about having online sales businesses from her group. She has many experts in her group to assist anyone who wants to own an online business! I will be showcasing a number of the experts from Sarah’s site who also sell their services on Etsy to assist you in growing your own artisan business!
Be sure to check Artisan Indie out as it is growing like crazy. You can also see the Instagram for Artisan Indie which is gorgeous! The Instagram of Artisan Indie is beautifully laid out content that showcases the best of the best of handmade! The Artisan Indie Instagram is for members only. Sarah has an eye for beauty and loves to showcase her members! I was showcased on the Artisan Indie Instagram with a Green item:
Well if Christmas is on your mind, be sure to check out handmade! You can get anything you desire by an artisan who cares about what you get when you make a purchase! Remember to shop small handmade businesses!
Lots of love and see you next week where I will be talking about your perfect morning! And oh yes — are you a handmade maker? Let me know I am always looking for new people to showcase! Just let me know!
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Welcome to another blog here on WordPress! I will be featuring 3 Etsy Handmade Sellers again this week. Our topic for the week is to learn what do Etsy sellers and Autumn (Fall) have in common? Well, it is all about creating in the fall and I have asked them just what is going on in their studio in the next couple of weeks?
Most of us are really busy getting ready for the Winter Holiday Season and are making many products by hand. Possibly the rest of the peeps who aren’t creating are thinking about their Gift list!
My First Handmade/Handcrafted Seller is Harry Wood:
Harry Wood at Oscarcrow not only make fabulous jewelry but he is the go-to person for all kinds of art supplies. Please do not only pursue his handcrafted jewelry but he also has an “in” to purchase Vintage Frozen Charlotte’s and he also has a kiln (and many other tools for making!). He makes wonderful pottery findings with Raku finishes! It is an honor for me to showcase Harry as he is such a wonderful talent! I own several of Harry’s Raku finished pieces and a few Frozen Charolettes and have always been pleased with my purchases!
Harry has a basement full of supplies and art! If you ask Harry how to describe him as an artist he would probably reply that he is a maker, he is always learning, super curious, a teacher for other makers, a person who gives, and an explorer of eclectic and esoteric realms as a talisman maker. I would give almost anything to be able to visit he and his wife and explore his studio to see his workbench and see all his different methods of making!
Ellen Wodoslawsky Gonchar’s Etsy shop ( BufferflyLoftDesigns) is filled with delights! Ellen has been in the “jewelry business for some time and in the sale of jewelry. She began to be interested in the construction of jewelry after a time. She found that she had many broken pieces and wanted to give life to these. She studies books for a while and began to experiment. Ellen’s designing methods she says are best described as “one of organized chaos.” Her work table in her studio is covered with “…vintage bits and pieces, beads, rhinestones, brass stampings, and filigree along with other new jewelry components.” Ellen’s pieces are unique and are for a woman who wants to stand on her own two feet and aren’t afraid to be bold in her fashion sense. I love Ellen’s design style, I admire her work and want one of her pieces for my jewelry collection.
Last but certainly now least is another of my favorite jewelry designers, Lori Prull Meyer. Her shop ParisienneGirl on Etsy showcases romance! Oh-La-La, Lori’s designing style and methods are delightful confections for the “unabashed romantic soul who has grace, timeless beauty which infuses delight by wearing her jewelry.” Lori makes beautiful jewelry that will fit any woman who wants to sparkle! Would you like to feel like Audrey Hepburn– buy some of Lori’s jewelry for yourself or for a magical gift for another. I love her offerings and she has beautiful collections coming regularly, all I can say if you see something you like, get it right away so you do not lose out ~ you will not regret it! I love her style and would really love to see each piece in her collections! I cannot wait to get a piece myself!
Thanks for reading the blog, and be sure to check out the Etsy Sellers featured for all your Holiday Shopping needs, it is so important to shop handcrafted! These three artisans make quality jewelry and you will love what you buy. It is so important to support the community of handmade/handcrafted artists we have here in the USA!
When I blog about overseas artists I will let you know because it is important to shop small business no matter where someone lives. We artists are just trying to make it in this world and delight in making products just for you!!
Peace to you, and thanks so very for reading, and please comment and share! I will be doing a blog each Wednesday so do come back and read each week! Some of these artists are members of Artisan Indie which is a community of Artist who are learning how to run a small business and how to make it grow, come visit us there!
Everyone or every item I blog about I do not receive compensation. I want you to know that I do support persons or brands on my Lifestyle blog because I love what they do or what they sell without any compensation whatsoever. Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions as I am happy to answer!
Objectsandoddities is my store on Etsy and I love this time of year getting ready for the gift giving season. I also make small art boxes that are really great for Halloween and Christmastime. Some years I also make Holiday Ornaments for the tree. Please not only check out my shop but the Creatives I have highlighted for your shopping needs!
Kim says that “I love all of the fall holidays.” My favorite would have to be Halloween! “Thanksgiving is fun because of all the food and joy of cooking things we only eat once or twice a year. Our family is very small so it usually isn’t a big deal.” The only goals Kim is preparing my fall/winter candles she needs to have listed for sale by the first of August. She is usually tired of the Summer heat and the fall scents make her a little happier and calm for the Season to come.
Mary O’MalleyCountryCutieBagDolls looks at Fall as the beginning of the year. She loves Fall in the Northeast as all the leaves change colors. Also at the end of September, she and her husband fo on a vacation together. She loves Pumpkins, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.
Nadine Lorgeoux Jalem lives in Florida now. For Nadine’s shop on Etsy Shop Love2quilt and her tagline for her shop is Handmade Textiles Gifts & Home decor. She starts designing and creating for Fall and Halloween Decor items as early as July. She creates new items for Halloween and Fall home decor in July. For Christmas Decor items, Nadine starts designing for Christmas and creating Christmas items in August so she is able to get them listed on Etsy early enough for her customers.
This week she is creating and stitching Holidays/Christmas themed items, she may make some changes to what she is doing and make small gifts for any occasion to list in her shop to give more variation. She may find she needs to go to the supplies store and pick up new blades for her rotary cutting tool or get new ribbons. Nadine stated that “We have been living in different countries for a long time and now settle down in the States but traveling to France regularly to visit family.”
Joanna Bartoszewicz of Painted with Buttons Tagline is High-Quality Button Art and Giclee Art Prints. She makes beautiful art with Buttons and adorned with Swarovski Rhinestone Crystals. She gives you a range of prices for her Bespoke Art.
Joanna stated that she is Polish by birth. Many people from Poland find Autumn as a more of a solemn time of the year with the main holiday being All Saints Day when they honor their dead. I relate to people who look toward the Tradition of honoring those people who have come before us. Living in Texas and looking at the wonderful history of the Mexican people who celebrate Day of the Dead ofDía de Muertos (some call the Holiday Día de Los Muertos) and my own Irish Catholic background whose family would also look to All Souls Day and the deep abiding of those who came before us. I make small art that honors how I feel about Day of the Dead remembrances and celebrations.
Joanna also said that living in the United States, she and her family celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving Holidays. Joanna stated that Fall is her favorite time of the year, she loves the changing leaf colors, the cooler temperatures and the feelings she gets with Winter coming.
Joanna is a collector of vintage Buttons and now only has the shop Painted with Buttons but she and her husband own a Jewelry Supply shop on Etsy too called OnestopJewelrySupply.
Joanna’s story is like many Creative’s need to collect beautiful items. Her art came to life from the need to control the never stopping flow of vintage buttons, findings, and all things sparkly. Since Joanna was a little girl she has been collecting beads, buttons and old jewelry pieces. She fell in love with Czech beads and buttons. She needs to control some of her space being taken over by all the items. Out of that need grew a Supply Store and her art. Joanna said that when people purchase my button art, they don’t only receive a beautifully created art, but also a piece of history, as each of my art pieces contains several of gorgeous buttons from my personal collection. Each piece also includes Swarovski rhinestones that add beautiful sparkle and elegance to each piece. I love her Art and I know you will also! Be sure to click on the photograph which will take you to her shop!
Thank you so much for reading these crazy fast blogs. I am going to slow down a little as I need to make my own Autumn, Fall, Halloween and eeekkkk Christmas items. Are you making items, if so tell me what in the comments! I am really excited to get busy creating again.
Just imagine becoming the way you used to be as a very young child, before you understood the meaning of any word, before opinions took over your mind. The real you is loving, joyful, and free. The real you is just like a flower, just like the wind, just like the ocean, just like the sun. Don Miguel Ruiz
Why do I support Etsy Sellers so MUCH? Well, I love the handmade seller. I am a handmade seller and want to support my cohorts (and I am an affiliate blogger, but still — eh). I used to be a Team Captain for an Etsy Team (loved it, had to give it up due to health issues). I also love the mantra or basic belief of supporting small businesses. There is just something to me, having something that is made by a someone. I know, I am helping a family directly, and for the most part I am helping a woman owned business (not always but for the most part).
I am showcasing Edis Lamps on Etsy. Panagiotis and Despina own Edi’s Lamps and are a husband and wife team who work from their home. As with many creative businesses who work from home there is a difficulty not working 24-7 and carving out that time that is work versus home life.
Despina answered the same questions posed to the participants of the last for the last 3 blogs.
Panagiotis and Despina, spend their lives and loves as a couple “in life and creation.” We run our Etsy shop together and we love it! I learned from the couple that running their business is really challenging as working from home draws a really “thin line” between your personal and working time.
The first thing they do in the morning is enjoy their breakfast! When they worked outside the home there was not enough time to take part in eating breakfast together so they have started a new family ritual. After breakfast, Despina sits in front of the computer to check e-mails, social media accounts and to update their Etsy shop. Panagiotis is responsible shipping, buying supplies, printings etc. After the nitty-gritty of the business tasks are complete, the design process comes into play. They sit together and discuss about new designs and products.
Being a Joyful Entrepreneur for Panagiotis and Despina is being able to do things they were not able to do before like “taking a five-minute break to just look at the sea view from our balcony…” (they live in Athens, Greece) listening to music they love and sing while working. (Oh me, oh my, I have hit my perfect interpretation of being Joyful!) Panagiotis and Despina are able to breathe and enjoy. It is not that they do not have busy times, they do! But they love everything they do!
Despina and Panagiotis are excited when creating new products that meet the goals of their shops and find ways to celebrate every little milestone they reach. The key to success for them is being open and ready to learn new things that they will develop through time.
The couple tries to stop everything at 8 p.m. at the latest and make plans to do something fun like a walk, see friends, family, or watch a movie.
Panagiotis and Despina’s daily schedule is about to change dramatically as in November of this year as they are expecting their first baby! While this could be an upcoming challenge for the couple they are staying positive. The couple is “fairly sure” that things work out in the best possible way! (So am I and I am excited for them!).
I appreciate all the participants for this short series. I will have new topics and other Etsy sellers/shop owners to showcase. I do that you give some love, check out, visit and buy from all the Creatives shop owners that I featured in the past Blog entries. Also, I hope you visit Panagiotis and Despina’s Shop named Edi’s Lamps and give them some love, plus purchase a fantastic light! I know that I am ordering one!
Oh and please be sure to visit Sarah Sewell at the Joyful Entrepreneur whose Coaching has inspired me to be Positive and to Seek in my journey!
Lots of love & hugs
p.s. I love this couple as my name is Nike the Greek Goddess of the Samorace (for reals!)
Come see my new site Bridal Jewelry at my Etsy site on Objectsandoddities . I am very excited to be creating for the bride and her bridal party.
You will find that I am going to lean toward Woodland style, Bohemian, Romantic, and Unique Wedding Jewelry and items for a Bridal party!
The coffee is percolating in our brains now, do let me know if there is anything you would love for us to make for you as this is a family affair! My family and I are so excited to pull together all our artistic resources!
What style would you love to see on our new site? Do you have a wedding coming up or have a family member? Do let us know. We are most excited to work for you and your needs. Coming soon are items that we will be offering and as we grow there will be more!
We will offer dainty silver charm bracelets to Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces with a little vintage here and there as we find it to add to our collections.
Or do you love the straight lines of a Grace Kelly look?
Or is this image from Google more your idea? We love Dia los de Muertosmore your style? Let us know and visit often as you will see as our collections develop!
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We will be making wedding cake toppers too! We are so excited. I will be blogging on this site as well as you can find out about the goings on over at Etsy. Please leave comments! We will be waiting to hear from you! We are wanting to start and email list for info on all things bridal and jewelry related. I have opened a Mail Chimp account and am itching to do a give away!